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Stock market news live updates: Stock futures point higher after Powell; Coke rises on restructuring

Stock futures rose modestly early Friday, indicating Wall Street would open to the upside, as major benchmarks consolidated recent gains in the wake of a potential for a policy shift by the Federal Reserve.

ended Thursday’s regular session on a mixed note, digesting stubbornly high unemployment data and Federal Chair Jerome Powell’s pledge to try and nudge inflation higher. Playing in the background is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with new infections moderating in the U.S. and the race for a vaccine in full swing.

KO) announced on Friday it would nearly halve its operating units and offer voluntary separation to 4,000 workers, as the world’s largest beverage maker battles a hit to sales from the pandemic.

AMZN), Apple (AAPL) — which have surged to new records. Facebook (FB), and Alphabet (GOOGGOOGL) have also posted their highest-ever closing levels.

Although the Nasdaq snapped a five-day winning streak, the broader S&P 500 Index stretched to its fifth record close, and closed up 6 days in a row. On an intraday basis, the Dow briefly reversed all of its 2020 losses before ending modestly higher. It now sits just over 1,000 points away from February’s record high.

persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. 

“On the one hand, with the framework review out of the way, it gives the Fed something to do at the September [Open Market Committee] meeting: namely, introduce new, more aggressive forward guidance,” said JPMorgan Chase economist Michael Feroli.

“On the other hand, the absence of any remarks by Powell about actions to support the new strategy may indicate that the Committee is content with the amount of monetary support they are already providing to the economy,” he added.

MSFT) and Walmart (WMT) got a boost as reports surfaced that the two giants were nearing a joint agreement to buy out TikTok, the embattled viral video app at the center of national security concerns. CNBC reported that the retail giant had joined in with Microsoft to buy the platform, in the wake of TikTok’s CEO resigning. A deal could close as soon as this week, CNBC reported.

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BRAZIL – 2020/07/05: The Costco Wholesale Corporation website is displayed on a laptop in the background with a hand holding a bank card. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Bureau of Economic Analysis (Commerce Department) data released on Friday showed. Disposable personal income (DPI) rose by 0.2 percent and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) soared by 1.9 percent.

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The July estimate for personal income and outlays was impacted by the response to the spread of COVID-19. Federal economic recovery payments continued but were at a lower level than in June, and government “stay-at-home” orders lifted in some areas of the country. The full economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be quantified in the personal income and outlays estimate because the impacts are generally embedded in source data and cannot be separately identified.

Here were the main moves in equity markets, as of 8:25 a.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3,497.00, +11.75 (+0.34%)

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 28,623.00, +155.00 (+0.54%)

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11,960.50, +7.75 (+0.06%)

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A White House staff member from the presidential food service pours a Diet Coke for U.S. President Donald Trump before the start of a luncheon for world leaders at the United Nations during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Coca-Cola plans to nearly halve its operating units and offer voluntary separation to 4,000 workers including in the United States, as the world’s largest beverage maker struggles to contain the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak. The company plans to take 17 business units and pare them down to 9 across 4 geographical segments.

6:03 p.m. ET Thursday: Stock futures mixed in start of extended trading

Here were the main moves in equity markets, as of 6:15 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): 3488.00, up 2.75 points

  • Dow futures (YM=F): 28,501, up 33 points

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): 11947.75, down 5 points

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